The Victorian Country House: Morality, Domesticity & Organisation

Running a household in Victorian England had become a science – with tasks to be delegated and a system of categorised activity for those at every level of society. When Girouard writes of the eminent concern for ‘morality, domesticity, organisation and hospitality’[1] in the country house the emphasis is on the rigid upholding of standards … Continue reading The Victorian Country House: Morality, Domesticity & Organisation

The Omega Workshops Ltd. – 33 Fitzroy Square

Please note, if you hadn't already, it would be most beneficial to read my preceding articles on the Omega Workshops and their connection to Modernism and the Bloomsbury Group in Twentieth Century England... Part of 1 The Omega Workshops Ltd. – “The Big Idea” here... Part 2 of The Omega Workshops Ltd. – “Objects and … Continue reading The Omega Workshops Ltd. – 33 Fitzroy Square

The Omega Workshops Ltd. – Objects and Interiors

In the introductory article, we went over the principles on which the Omega Workshops Ltd. were founded. I feel that the best way to trace development in the decorative arts is to explore how forming principles were practically applied. To that end, we’re going to use Bloomsbury and Omega styled interiors and objects as a … Continue reading The Omega Workshops Ltd. – Objects and Interiors

The Omega Workshops Ltd. – The Big Idea

Perhaps you saw the televised adaption Life in Squares or perhaps you encountered one of its members through the literary and artistic channels of early 20th century Bohemianism: The infamous Bloomsbury Group were a collective of artists, philosophers, writers and intellectuals active at the exciting time of early British Modernism (by which I refer to … Continue reading The Omega Workshops Ltd. – The Big Idea

Porcelain, Palaces and the Dutch Influence in 17th Century England

Royal incentive enabled trends to catch across Europe in the interests of fashion and Queen Mary II and King William III's arrival in England as co-regents swore in the Dutch decorative taste, fresh from their residences in the Netherlands. The King and Queen's collection of palaces followed the sequential pattern of those in France, decked … Continue reading Porcelain, Palaces and the Dutch Influence in 17th Century England

Musings: Women, the Toilette and the Boudoir in Rococo Painting

Time for a little titillation: The Rococo's answer to pin-ups on cigarette cards, peep holes and voyeuristic fascination - let's step into the boudoir. Gentlemen getting hot under the dog collar at thoughts of 'walking in' on a lady in a state of undress, that glimpse of an ankle, a well turned calf, the cinching … Continue reading Musings: Women, the Toilette and the Boudoir in Rococo Painting

L’Amour Courtois: Courtly Love – Women in Medieval Art

Courtly love or l'amour courtois as the french called this poetic movement appears in Western European literary and artistic traditions between the 12th and 15th centuries. Beginning with the troubadour poetry of Aquitaine and Provence, a chivalric code of conduct was prescribed, between ladies and the men who vowed to serve them in a romanticised idyll. Stefan … Continue reading L’Amour Courtois: Courtly Love – Women in Medieval Art